DSM: Finding like-minded people

Sun, 1 Oct 2000 14:07:06 -0400

There are probably several families in your area that would be
interested. Do you have those small local papers in your area?
You could write an article about SVS models. You can contact
your homeschooling community -- they may be already doing
something like this. You can print up a bunch of fliers and host an
open house. Most libraries have a free meeting room you can
Good luck!
-Kristen Dakota
> Hello All!
> I've fallen madly in love with the SVS model (via the fabulous
> Greenwood Sudbury School in Hampton CT) and am hoping to get some
> guidance around a couple of matters.
> First, I've been thinking about the possibility of starting a SV
> school in central CT (ah, the crazy things we do when we're in love,
> huh?)-- Greenwood really is an extraordinary environment, but it is a
> 40 minute drive each way in good weather/traffic conditions. If I
> need to do that drive for a dozen or more years, I will, but I'd
> rather not have to. And also, I would love to be a part of making this
> kind of education available to more young people, there's such a need
> for it. My question is about how to find other folks who might be
> interested in (and able to commit to) doing the work of getting a
> school off the ground. I've been talking with a number of other
> parents about it, but can only picture one or two of them (at most)
> being in it for the long haul. Can anyone suggest any avenues for
> connecting with others in my area?
> Second, two of my friends who've expressed interest in the SV model
> have children with developmental issues (both are 4 year old boys, one
> was born very premature and has significant speech/cognitive delays,
> the other is mildly autistic]. The parents are concerned that their
> children's "special needs" might not be met within a SV environment.
> I loved Daniel Greenberg's article *Why Sudbury Valley School Doesn't
> Work for Everyone: Real Learning Disabilities* because it helped me
> see these boys as the pristine, as-yet-undamaged, full-of-wonder gifts
> that they are-- and I really fear for them if they go into the
> conventional school system, which would probably crush them with
> labels and "services". So far, I haven't found anything in the SV
> literature which speaks to the issue of children with "developmental
> disabilities" (I'm not talking about so-called "learning disabilities"
> like dyslexia or ADHD, but rather instances where there are
> significant *developmental* delays) within SV environments. As I've
> considered this situation, I realize that, in the same way I (and SV)
> question/eschew age-segregation, I'm disinclined to think there's any
> benefit in segregating children by perceived intelligence or ability.
> I guess my bottom line is that they're both great, sparkly, sweet
> kids, and I don't want my daughter to miss out on knowing them as
> peers. What do others think? Can anyone direct me to any
> literature or offer any anecdotal experience in this area? I'd
> appreciate it so much!
> Many thanks!
> Holly McHaelen
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